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Europe Welcomes Kuchipudi Troupe

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The Bhavan, London inaugurated the Kuchipudi dance troupe who would charm UK, Ireland and Europe in the days to come with their flawless dancing skills. . . . reports Asian Lite News

Kuchipudi dancers on stage
Kuchipudi dancers on stage

For the Telugu diaspora in London, it was a great evening in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for the Jyothi ceremony of Jayathe Kuchipudi festival in Europe with its inaugural event in London. It was an evening of a splendid display of the glorious Kuchipudi nrityam, Yakshya ganam and folk songs.

The event was inaugurated by the traditional lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest Hon Justice Jasti Chalameswar of the Supreme Court of India; Padmabhushan Shri Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad ; Lambeth’s first Telugu speaking Muslim Mayor Cllr Saleha Jaffer and other dignitaries.

Justice Chalameswar Garu in his short address narrated his close connect with Kuchipudi Village. His family connect with Late Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam and hoped that it will be a true Jayathe for Kuchipudi art when the dance and Yakshyaganam would be performed in Trafalgar square in front of an adoring audience of 10,000 people. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad regaled us with his quick poetry and spoke about the great heritage and culture of Telugu people and Kuchipudi in particular and  informed the gathering about Justice Chalameswar building an accommodation in Kuchipudi for foreign students of Kuchipudi art at a cost of Rs 50 Lakhs .

The Jayathe Kuchipudi troupe numbering 50 will be on a special bus and travel across various cities of UK , Ireland and Europe over a few weeks this summer courtesy the ICCR , BVB , all the organisers of UKTA and specially Mr. SatyaPrasad. There was a good display of local talent of folk dancers and a display of Kuchipudi Nrityam by Arunimakumar and her students and Deepa Viswamohan and team as prelude to the main event . The ICCR troupe gave an excellent performance of Kuchipudi dances paying homage to Paramaguru Sri Siddhendra Yogi the creator of KuchipudI art dating back to the 14th Century AD and followed up with a display of Yakshyaganam.

It was delight hearing Avanti Meduri sing Maa Telugu Thalli flawlessly followed by the folksongs of Vaddepalli Srinivas (especially the one on Mahankali ammavaru). The troupe also performed a folk dance in tribute to the Jalar’s (Fisherman) who go out to the sea enduring the journey knowing well that the risk of perishing in the sea .